Britain's Prince Philip to retire Wednesday after 65 years of service

Britain's Prince Philip to retire Wednesday after 65 years of service

In his last public engagement on Wednesday, Philip, sporting a bowler hat and mac, met serving troops, veterans and cadets in the pouring rain, before watching as a unit of marines marched past him in formation in a ceremonial procedure known as taking the salute.

Prince Philip has completed 22,219 solo official engagements since 1952.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said in a statement that the parade would "bring His Royal Highness's individual program to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside the Queen, from time to time".

Philip's final official royal engagement at Buckingham Palace was with the Royal Marines today.

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As the husband of the monarch - they married in 1947 - he has stood by her side for 70 years and is involved in a huge a range of organisations from the Royal Navy, where he is Lord High Admiral, down to 785 other charities.

The event saw Philip, 96, who has held the title of Captain General of the marines for 64 years, inspect troops at the annual Captain General's Parade on the palace forecourt.

Despite officially retiring, it was revealed Philip "may still attend events alongside The Queen from time to time". It is expected Prince Harry will take over as Captain General follow his grandfather's retirement.

It is not the first time a newspaper has prematurely announced the duke's death, with the Sun making a similar error in May when the duke announced his retirement from public engagements.

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As the Queen's husband of almost 70 years, Prince Philip is the longest-serving British consort (companion to the sovereign).

Philip spent two days in hospital in June for treatment for an infection.

Philip, who's the longest-serving royal spouse in British history, has carried out an astounding number of duties over the last six decades.

The Queen and the Duke are to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on November 20 this year. Though, that was not before screenshots of the article had already been widely shared on social media, and the piece even made it to one of the top results on Prince Philip on Google search.

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